May 4, 2012
My text to my friend Joe Carillio at 9:37 Wednesday night: "How bout them Angels! no hitter!" Joe's reply 10 minutes later: "Weaver or Pujols?" Joey Almeida Santa Barbara :: "El Hombre" is looking more and more like "El Mendoza. " Anthony Moretti Lomita :: Albert Pujols has turned into MLB's version of Lamar Odom, and he's not even married to a Kardashian. Gary Wosk North Hills :: Wait, the McCourts are really gone and the Dodgers actually reduced the cost to park?
January 6, 2012
Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith are good announcers for the Clippers. But as far as promoters and sales pitchmen, this is getting embarrassing, almost like carnival barkers. Just because of an infusion of talent, they sound like giddy kids at Christmas when the Clippers are leading, and then retreat to explaining away, making excuses that this team is still the top such and such, while the same old Clips slowly lose another game; from hype to denial in 10 seconds. I want this team to be good, but the pregame and postgame sales pitches, well, I'm turning the volume off until this unabashedly biased, unfounded promotional business goes away.
November 19, 1988 |
Will the voice of reason ever be heard at Hollywood Park? A great deal of sound and fury has been expressed at the Inglewood track this year, and rather than signifying nothing, it points out a problem that is not being properly addressed. At issue is the matter of a track announcer. When Santa Anita found itself in need of an announcer 5 years ago, it "discovered" Trevor Denman, who today is widely regarded as the best in the business.
December 25, 2006 |
Not everything was for sale this holiday season. A Claremont man, for instance, discovered in an old box a rare, vintage recording of an immensely popular and critically acclaimed artist, spent hours digitizing it to improve the sound quality and transfer it to CD, ignored advice from friends and co-workers to auction it off to the highest bidder and happily handed it over to the company that signed the artist more than 50 years ago.
August 18, 1995 |
Bill Wendell's longstanding association with David Letterman ends today and his departure appears to be more bitter than sweet. From Letterman's ill-fated daytime "The David Letterman Show" to his long "Late Night" stint at NBC to his current "Late Show" at CBS, Wendell has introduced "Daaaa-vid Letterman" for 15 years. Today, that era ends, as the voice behind the show retires.
March 20, 1999 |
As the Denver Broncos prepared for the Super Bowl, their game plan didn't include concerns about offending the vast viewing audience or whether Monica Lewinsky jokes were appropriate. Yet that's precisely the balancing act facing the small team of writers charged with injecting some life and laughs into Sunday's Academy Awards, second only to the Super Bowl among the year's most-watched annual events.
December 10, 2005 |
Every Thursday, "Everybody Hates Chris" on UPN. But does Oscar? Chris Rock may have hurt Hollywood's feelings (just a little) this year when he hosted the Academy Awards and made fun of some of Tinseltown's hot stars -- Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Tobey Maguire -- but that's not why he won't be returning for an encore on March 5.
March 24, 1997 |
Louis J. Horvitz is no stranger to the big leagues. He won an Emmy last September for directing the Kennedy Center Honors. In January, he directed the halftime extravaganza at the Super Bowl. Still, calling the shots on tonight's 69th Academy Awards show, he says, is most definitely in a class by itself. "It's the cachet of the Oscars--not the numbers," Horvitz said, referring to the 1 billion people expected to tune in from 100 countries worldwide.
December 5, 1995 |
If Terry Donahue decides to retire as UCLA's football coach and accept CBS' offer to become a college football commentator, he will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 27 and the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2. Donahue said Monday he has told CBS that he will decide before Dec. 19, the day the Bruins leave for the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas Day. It was also learned Monday that CBS plans to use Pat Haden as the commentator on the Orange Bowl Jan. 1.